An adoption must always be in the best interest of the adoptee. This consideration and the future well-being of the adoptee is always the main consideration in all adoption cases.
Types of adoption:
Adoption rules vary depending on the type of adoption.
All legal ties between the adoptee and the biological parents cease on adoption. This means, for instance, that the adoptee acquires inheritance rights from the adoptive parents and their relatives.
Adoption of a Danish or foreign child unrelated to the applicant(s)
Applicants who wish to be approved as adoptive parents must meet certain general requirements. In order to ensure and promote the welfare of the adoptive child, everyone who applies for adoption will be vetted by the State Administration before the Joint Council of Adoption (Adoptionssamrådet) determines whether or not the applicants can be approved.
Applicants who wish to adopt must attend a pre-adoption counselling course at least once. Participation in the course costs DKK 2,500 (2016).
Requirements for adoptive parents
The general requirements are:
Further specific requirements may be applicable to different types of adoption.
Assessment and approval
The adoption application must include information on applicants’ income, assets and health. Applicants are also required to state whether they have been convicted of a crime.
The Joint Council of Adoption consists of three members: a social worker, a physician and a legal officer.
If the Joint Council of Adoption decides that the general requirements have been met, the applicants may continue the adoption process.
Danish International Adoption (DIA) is in charge of placing foreign children with Danish adoptive families. Please see http://www.d-i-a.dk (website in Danish).
The Danish National Board of Adoption (Adoptionsnævnet) assigns Danish children for national adoption.
Adoption of relatives
Adoption of relatives refers to:
Some of the ordinary requirements are waived for the adoption of relatives. The age difference between child and adoptive parents may, for instance, exceed 42 years, and approval as adoptive parents is not required.
Appealsagainst decisions made by the State Administration may be submitted to the Danish National Board of Adoption.
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Senest opdateret 25. apr 2017
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